(Courtesy of Bruce Liu)
A Busy Month for US Players Internationally
If you are interested in table tennis at all, you probably know that Timo Boll upset both Chinese players Lin Gaoyuan and Ma Long at the Men’s World Cup in Belgium and our very own Kanak Jha also played his second World Cup at age of 17!
In fact, just in October, there are quite a few US players training/competing internationally. It’s a great sign that our players can gain more experience by competing with the rest of the world.
There were more in September or even earlier but ITTF’s is undergoing their web page renovation. Lots of info are not available as of this is written. Here is the list for October International events that US players have participated, are participating, or will participate:
– 2017 Serbian Junior & Cadet Open, ITTF Junior Circuit, the two of the Alguetti Brothers played and did well. Sharon won his first Junior Boys Singles title while teamed with his brother Gal and Jeremy Hazin of Canada winning the Silver medal in the Junior Boys Team event.
– Liebherr 2017 ITTF Men’s World Cup in Belgium, Kanak Jha lost both match in the preliminary round. However, it was actually a great performance. He lost to the 9th seed LEE Sangsu of Korea in 7 games. The 14th seed Nigeria Sensation ARUNA Quadric also had to earn the match against Kanak. It seems that the league competition in Germany starts to pay off.
– 2017 World Hopes Team Training Camp in Fiji, Swathi Giri participated the Pre-World Cadet Challenge training camp.
– 2017 ITTF World Cadet Challenge in Fiji, Amy Wang, Rachel Sung, Michael Tran, and Nikhil join Swathi for the Pre-WCC Training Camp organized by ITTF Education & Training.
– Uncle Pop 2017 ITTF Women’s World Cup, Lily Zhang will represent North America and USA for the tournament two years in a row.
– 2017 India Junior & Cadet Open, ITTF Premium Junior Circuit, two US Mini-Cadet Boys Team members, Mudit Mahajan and Ved Sheth, will play.
Good luck to all players.
(Photos of Sharon Alguetti, Gal Alguetti, Amy Wang, and Michael Tran courtesy of ITTF)
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